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Kathy Cortner

General Manager

Mojave Water Agency

Kathy Cortner is the general manager for the Mojave Water Agency (MWA). Her career in the water industry has spanned over 25 years, with the last 14 spent at MWA, where she served initially as the chief financial officer. Kathy was responsible for the administration of the State Water Project contract with the Department of Water Resources; she has been engaged in negotiating water transfers/exchanges and banking programs for almost a decade. She currently serves on the board for the State Water Project Contractors. In her role as general manager, she has led the agency through a strategic direction update to address the future risks and challenges in local and statewide water management in the 21st century. She holds a BS in accounting and an MA in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino.